When it comes to foxes, opinion is divided but the fact remains they have become a nuisance in urban areas, to both businesses and residents. The encroachment of urban sprawl and the readily available food sources have attracted foxes, who are expert scavengers. In fact, some fox populations are becoming higher in some urban areas than in nearby rural areas!
Red foxes are primarily active at dusk and night. Although primarily carnivorous, foxes will eat anything from berries to rats. They’ll will also, of course, eat discarded takeaway and food waste from rubbish bags and can often be found at landfill sites, parks, school fields and refuse areas.
Foxes are protected under a series of wildlife protection laws against poisoning, gassing, asphyxiating, maiming, stabbing, impaling, drowning, clubbing and most forms of snaring. Anyone carrying out such acts subject to 6 months imprisonment and/or £5,000 fine per animal.
Nuisance foxes can be:
- Extremely noisy
- Messy – scattering of food and/or other debris over a wide area
- Leave droppings and spraying sites
- Carriers of mange (a highly contagious skin disease)
Our wildlife management teams can provide fox control and trapping services. Our fox control service humane and discreet.
If you have or you suspect you have a fox control problem call NBC Environment for advice or to arrange a site survey on 0333 567 2020